GBV fight lands K28.5 billion
THE United Nations (UN) system in Zambia has given Government K28.5 billion for the implementation of the anti-Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Act and promotion of human rights. Human rights and governance programmes have been allocated K16 billion while anti-GBV programmes have received K12.5 billion.
Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba and UN resident co-ordinator Kanni Wignaraja signed the agreements in Lusaka yesterday. Ms Wignaraja said in an interview after signing the agreements that reports of GBV, especially against women in Zambia, are alarming.
She said it is for this reason that the UN system and other co-operating partners have put funds into the two projects to assist Government to implement the anti-GBV Act to reduce such cases.
Ms Wignaraja said it is not enough to ‘just expose cases’ of GBV but that there is need to strengthen various local and international organisations to stop the vice. “What is happening is that women are coming forward and we have seen a spike in the reported cases, but that is not where we should stop. “We need to look at effective response mechanisms. We need to look at how we are going to ensure there is higher civic awareness, so that the communities can say no to GBV,” Ms Wignaraja said. She said it is also not enough to say the vice should not be tolerated in the communities. Ms Wignaraja said there is need to support education and value-based learning which will motivate communities to put a stop to acts of gender-based violence.
She said there is need to broaden the response against GBV by involving various organisations.
And Mr Yamba said GBV is the kind of scourge every civilised society should address. “In the words of the late UN secretary general Mr Dag Hammarskjold, you can judge the level of development of a society by the way it treats its women,” he said. Mr Yamba said Government is looking forward to implementing the anti-GBV Act, which will effectively complement its efforts to ensure increased participation of women in senior management in the public service. He urged other co-operating partners to consider contributing towards the funding gap of K65 billion and K20 billion for the anti-GBV and governance programmes, respectively.
Mr Yamba said the two agreements focus on fundamental areas in the country’s development agenda. “These include constitution drafting process, public sector reforms, strengthening public participation in national processes and promotion of human rights and implementation of anti-GBV,” Mr Yamba said.
He said Government is positive that the support in the field of governance will contribute to greater coherence of national policies and programmes. “This is particularly important because Zambia’s economic base is expanding and the role of private capital is increasingly taking greater space in national development through national companies and international companies registering their operations in Zambia, on the international stock exchange,” he said. Mr Yamba commended the UN system in the country for its continued support in the country’s development process.
Zambia Daily Mail